Trip Ideas, Planning and Preparation

2017 Surly Troll the Baja Divide bike!

2017 Surly Troll on the Olympic Peninsula, WA

Trip Ideas

Did it! Feb-May 2019: Visited my daughter in Australia and then headed to New Zealand to solo tour the Tour Aotearoa route from Cape Reinga on the north island to Bluff on the south island, a 3000 km/1864 mi bikepacking trip. Back to Australia where we explored the southeast corner together in a campervan for 6000km over 3-1/2 weeks!

May 2020: Cross WA.

June-Aug 2020: Great Divide Route tour with friends. 3084 miles.

Sept-Oct 2020:Wild West Route NOBO or Southern Tier to Pacific Coast NOBO.

Maybe…trekking in the Indian Himalayas in fall or head to Southern Europe to ride for the winter.

Future: Back to NZ for TA, Pamir Highway/Tajikistan/Central Asia?

Khojana Wala

Modified and S&S coupled 1990 Novara mountainbike (Parkpre built) named “Khojana Wala” (the one who helps you get lost in Hindi). 26″, 3 x 10 friction, Jones SG bars. 35lbs with empty bags. In Dhariwal, India

Preparation:

New Bike: 2014 Salsa Ti Fargo, Rohloff/Schmidt hubs, hybrid Campy/Yokozona brakes. 700×2.25 tires and bikepacking bags.

Gear: After many decades of touring, backpacking and travel I have every conceivable thing I’ll ever need…

Training: Never enough, but getting more consistent. Touring regularly is the preferred method.

A few things to improve: GPS skills.

That’s the current state of things so far…

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